Presentation Title

Inherent Racism of the D.A.R.E. Program

Presentation Type

Presentation

Full Name of Faculty Mentor

Aneilya Barnes and Maggi Morehouse, History

Major

History

Presentation Abstract

The Drug Abuse Resistance Education Act (D.A.R.E.) was created to curtail rampant drug, alcohol, and tobacco use among teens as well as improve community and officer relationships. The program was implemented in schools across the U.S. with the Reagan administration’s “War on Drugs,” a zero-tolerance policy enacted to produce conformity within the educational system and produce better citizens. D.A.R.E. has been proven to be ineffectual in long-term curtailment of drug, alcohol, and tobacco use and aided in disproportionately criminalizing Black and Latino communities. By examining leading individuals’ involvement in the creation of the program and conducting a case study on D.A.R.E. funding and implementation in Columbia schools, this research will show the inherently racist nature of the program and the failure of D.A.R.E.’s racial equity statement.

Location

Room 3

Start Date

22-4-2021 12:00 PM

End Date

22-4-2021 12:20 PM

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History

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Inherent Racism of the D.A.R.E. Program

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The Drug Abuse Resistance Education Act (D.A.R.E.) was created to curtail rampant drug, alcohol, and tobacco use among teens as well as improve community and officer relationships. The program was implemented in schools across the U.S. with the Reagan administration’s “War on Drugs,” a zero-tolerance policy enacted to produce conformity within the educational system and produce better citizens. D.A.R.E. has been proven to be ineffectual in long-term curtailment of drug, alcohol, and tobacco use and aided in disproportionately criminalizing Black and Latino communities. By examining leading individuals’ involvement in the creation of the program and conducting a case study on D.A.R.E. funding and implementation in Columbia schools, this research will show the inherently racist nature of the program and the failure of D.A.R.E.’s racial equity statement.

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